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"all-American" in British English

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all-Americanadjective

uk   /ˌɔːl.əˈmer.ɪ.kən/  us   /ˌɑːl.əˈmer.ɪ.kən/
  • all-American adjective (TYPICALLY AMERICAN)

considered to be typical of the US, and respected and approved of by Americans: He was the perfect image of a clean-cut, all-American boy.
  • all-American adjective (WHOLE COUNTRY)

involving people or things from everywhere in the US: an all-American talent contest/business consortium
  • all-American adjective (SPORT)

US used to refer to an amateur sports person from the US who is considered to be one of the best in their sport: an all-American football player

all-Americannoun [C]

uk   /ˌɔːl.əˈmer.ɪ.kən/  us   /ˌɑːl.əˈmer.ɪ.kən/ US
an amateur sports person from the US who is considered to be one of the best amateurs in their sport: The team was led by an all-American from Yale.
(Definition of all-American from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"all-American" in American English

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all-Americanadjective

 us   /ˌɔl·əˈmer·ɪ·kən/
having or showing the values that are typical of the US, or made up completely of the best American things or people: He made the all-American team in his last two years of college.
all-American
noun [C] (also All-American)  us   /ˌɔl·əˈmer·ɪ·kən/
He was a great athlete, and an academic all-American as well.
(Definition of all-American from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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